Immediate Release: October 26, 2006
VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton women's soccer will begin what it hopes is a lengthy postseason run on Friday when the Bearcats face New Hampshire in the quarterfinals of the America East Championship tournament, hosted by Hartford. The fourth-seeded Bearcats (7-8-2) will meet fifth-seeded UNH (6-10) at 3 p.m., followed by the other quarterfinal pitting No. 3 Maine against No. 6 Vermont. The Binghamton-New Hampshire winner will advance to face No. 1 Hartford in Sunday's second semifinal with No. 2 Boston University meeting the other first-round winner in the opening semifinal at 1 p.m. The final is slated for November 4 at the site of the highest remaining seed.
Binghamton, the 2004 America East champion, has not lost in two seasons of Division I conference tournament play (3-0-1). In its first appearance in 2004, the top-seeded Bearcats went 2-0 to capture the championship. Last season, No. 3 Binghamton went 1-0-1, defeating UMBC in overtime before falling in penalty kicks to Maine in the semifinals.
The Bearcats enter the tournament having won four of their last six games. One of those victories was a 1-0 overtime triumph over New Hampshire on October 5. In five games against UNH, Binghamton is 2-2-1 with back-to-back victories.
Leading the charge in 2006 is a talented midfield unit headed by junior Tricia Reed (Oswego, N.Y.). Reed leads the team with four goals (three game-winners) and nine points. Senior midfielder Kelly Burnham (Endicott, N.Y.) has four goals and junior Kim Povill (Massapequa, N.Y.) remains the team's most potent scoring threat - especially on free kicks. Povill has three goals and two assists in 2006.
Senior goalkeeper Kristie Bowers (Rochester, N.Y.) has a 1.30 goals against average with six shutouts. Only two of BU's last 13 opponents have scored more than a goal against Bowers and BU's defensive line.
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